Birds of Ocracoke Series

This feature includes birds that have been seen on Ocracoke, including best times or year and locations and an audio recording of their songs and calls.

Birds of Ocracoke: The Ring-necked Duck

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For more profiles, click BIRDS OF OCRACOKE SERIES By Peter Vankevich If one were to look at names of our birds of North America and get...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Snowy Owl

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Snowy Owl is the rarest of birds for...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Bufflehead

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By Peter Vankevich Here’s a quiz question. What do ducks and woodpeckers have in common? Read on.  In the waters of Ocracoke one can see North America's...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Killdeer

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  To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Charadrius vociferous Text and photos by Peter Vankevich The Killdeer builds a sparse nest on...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Sandwich Tern

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  By Text and photos Peter Vankevich Part of my life-long fascination with birds is their often-puzzling names. The Yellow-bellied Sapsucker has been a laugh-inducer for countless...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Great Black-backed Gull

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  (Larus marinus) Text and photos by Peter Vankevich This species is considered to be the...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Eastern Kingbird

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Tyrannus tyrannus By Peter Vankevich  The Eastern Kingbird is a large feisty tryant flycatcher that is...

Birds of Ocracoke: the Great Horned Owl

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N.C. Press Association first place award for spot photograph, 2017. By Peter Vankevich Editor's note: To read about the famous Snowy Owls that visited Ocracoke for...

Birds of Ocracoke: Eurasian Collared-Dove

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Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) Text and photo by Peter Vankevich Large pale dove with a thin black partial collar, dark bill and pinkish legs. Note in...

Birds of Ocracoke: The Tricolored Heron

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To see more profiles in the Birds of Ocracoke series, click here  Egretta tricolor By Peter Vankevich Appearance: Blue-grey upper parts and a white line along the...